June was the Month for launch.
We finally got Midnight out of the shop and delivered her to a local auto body shop with a spray booth. The intent was to have it done in a couple of days and returned. The process took a month. Two part polyurethane auto paint is NOT one part urethane marine paint. The cure time is long for marine paint. The auto tech tried to rush the process and applied too much too fast. The result was a very heavy coat of clear marine paint that took days to cure. When it finally cured, it showed sags and movement and was no longer fair. The shop simply polished it in place and did not sand the hull finish back to fairness. It looks pretty from 10 feet but has many flaws. This is most frustrating after so much effort to get the hull right. I will strip the boat down over the winter of 2011-12 and refinish it myself. But in the meantime, it was time to put her in the water to test her out.
On June 10, I officially put in the water and ran her for 10 minutes. The shift cables were backward and there was a leak in the shaft log.
These were corrected and everything was installed in the cockpits. On the morning of June 12, 2010, Midnight hit the water for a 4 hour test and pace run. There was a local chapter of the ACBS meeting with over 30 woodies on the water. I joined in with their cruising. They were detemined to run only 20-22mph. Since my engine needed breaking in, I had to run to full throttle several times leaving the group.
Midnight performed better than expected. She accelerated FAST and punched out the hole in a boat length. She hit 40mph within 200 ft. Due to her length of almost 21', I had no trouble with 1'-2' chop on the water. However, the prop is too small for the power of the engine. I am getting a larger one. She was running 3500RPM at 30MPH. The new prop (a 13.5x16 4blade) runs 2800 RPM at 35mph. Much better.
I ended the month dealing with final details of bootstripe, swim platform installation and trailer bunk adjustment.
I am still awaiting the return of the cutwater so that the cutwater can be installed with the rubrail.